- Special Sections
KNOX â€” Twin brothers Zachary and Ian Bastin, 18, of Grovertown, will each be spending the next 15 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections for Burglary.
The twins plead guilty to multiple counts of burglary for homes they robbed in the Koontz Lake area in March of this year .
Zachary Bastin plead guilty to six counts of Burglary, while his brother Ian plead guilty to seven counts of Class B Felony Burglary.
Starke County Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall ordered the twins to make restitution in the amount of $17,000 in damages to the victims whose homes they burglarized. The cost of the boysâ€™ crime spree totaled thousands because they chose to not only rob many of the homes, but in many instances they vandalized the properties as well.
This is not the first time that multiple burglaries have been committed in the county by young adults. The last wave of burglary crime occurred at various locations both in and outside the county, with most of the perpetrators being under age. Penalties varied, but none carried a sentence of years in state prison. This time the message was clear: â€śDo the crime, youâ€™ll do the time.â€ť
Judge Hall did reserve the right to modify the boysâ€™ sentences at a later date.